Microsoft BizSpark - Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, including investors, and providing marketing visibility to help entrepreneurs starting a business. Microsoft BizSpark is a worldwide partner of the Founder Institute, providing software, support, facilities, and mentoring to many entrprenuers within the Fouder Insitute network. Learn more about our partnership here, and sign-up for BizSpark here.


iMinds

iMinds is an independent research institute founded by the Flemish government to stimulate ICT innovation. The IBBT team offers companies and organizations active support in research and development. It brings together companies, authorities, and non-profit organizations to join forces on research projects. Both technical and non-technical issues are addressed within each of these projects.


ICAB is a technology incubator for entrepreneurs wishing to start a business in the field of ICT or Engineering.


The BetaGroup is the largest Belgian network of Internet, software, mobile technology and online media, with over  3,500 Web  professionals and entrepreneurs . It organizes a monthly pitch slam for startups attended by 350+ people and also runs a coworking space in Brussels.


Trends Tendances Magazine
 
Trends-Tendances is the main Belgian economic magazine.

Marketing on the beach

Marketing On The Beach is an editoral project of Technofutur Tic to develop web entrepreneurship in Wallonia and Nord Pas de Calais. They are particularly focused on e-commerce and e-marketing.


The Westartup community exists to help Belgian entrepreneurs move from dreams to reality.  At Westartup, entrepreneurs can also look for co-founders, partners, service providers, and investors. Co-creation based.  


The Café Numérique is a non-profit association which organizes weekly technology meetings in  Brussels and Liège. Its objective is to promote innovation and teach anyone interested about new technologies.  The meetings are free and open to everyone.


Tech Podcast Brussels Belgium

 Techbrew is  a podcast about technology and tech events happening in Belgium.


Webmission is a group of Belgian web tech & mobile entrepreneurs, bloggers, journalists, developers and tech enthusiasts that have voluntarily joined forces to promote abroad the many good ideas and projects that are brewing in Belgium.

Posted by Jonathan Greechan about 13 hours ago

Founder Institute Expands in Pakistan, Now Officially Launching New Startups in Islamabad

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching in Islamabad, Pakistan. With operations also in Karachi (applications open now!), the Founder Institute is now helping to launch early stage companies across two cities in Pakist... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan 1 day ago

Behind the Scenes: Most Successful Founding Teams

“We were meant to be together,” a common phrase used by most couples. Despite the cliché, it’s been proven to be applicable for business partners and founding teams. Finding the right cofounder takes patience and persistence. Like any serious relationship, you’ll go through different stages, ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan 1 day ago

How to Split Equity with Cofounders

It's been well-documented that deciding to take on a cofounder can be a fruitful choice, improving the business prospects for many entrepreneurs. However, if one does partner up, there is one intimidating hurdle that must be overcome: Figuring out how to split equity. For those having trouble with this, Al Bsharah has one simple... (more available)

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Posted by Valerie Pang 1 day ago

Culture Can Make Or Break Your Startup

Have you ever wondered how important culture is to a company and whether having a cultural fit in a company matters? According to Glen Hellman, culture matters, and in his post below, he shares his experiences and explains why.  Glen Hellman is a Principal at Driven Forward LLC., a firm that supports entrepreneur... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-09-02

All of the Tools You’ll Ever Need for Your Bootstrapped Startup

Bootstrapping your company affords you more creative freedom in the overall direction of your company. However, relying on your own resources and funds to launch and run a startup comes with its own share of challenges. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of startup tools that are free or cost-effective for the budding entrepr... (more available)

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Posted by Valerie Pang on 2015-08-31

Capture Every Moment of Childhood with this App

Each year, The Founder Institute helps launch hundreds of technology companies across the globe. Once founders graduate from our 4-month program, they quickly begin using techniques like crowdfunding campaigns to drum up interest and obtain funding. To help further their efforts, we’ve introduced the series... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-31

Turn Ideas and Passion into a Dream Startup at a Free Entrepreneur Event

The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over 100 cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-31

The A to Z Guide to Getting User Feedback Before Launching Your Product

"Very few of us can create the perfect idea without feedback. If you’ve got a great idea and you present it to someone, and they immediately like it with no reservations, it’s not a good idea." - Tom Blondi (Chief Revenue Officer, SocialWhirled) Your first users are the most important ones. However, failin... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-08-27

The What, Why, and How of Leading a Startup Ecosystem

A startup ecosystem is formed by active pieces including: individuals in support of the startup economy, startups in their various stages, and various types organizations/institutions (eg: educational systems or financial establishments). All of these pieces interact as a system to produce new startup companies. So, why build a... (more available)

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Your Guide to the Costa Rica Startup Ecosystem

Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-26

Don’t "Look" for a Technical Co-Founder - "Earn" One with These Tips

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.  A startup is a network of human relationships, often centered around the relationship between Co-Founders. As Misha Ch... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-25

The Founder Institute is Looking for Startup Ecosystem Leaders. Do You Have What It Takes?

Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world. Founder Institute Directors play an essential ro... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-08-24

Marketing Growth Tactics You Need To Try

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." As Kofi Annan put so eloquently, acquiring and sharing knowledge is key to progress. In our Roundtable Discussion Series, we've asked our network to share their personal knowledge and experien... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-24

50 Bootstrapping Hacks for Every Stage of Your Startup

Bootstrapping is an attractive way to launch and run a startup for many founders, primarily because it gives more freedom to the founders than getting investors to invest in the company. However, bootstrapping is also a very risky move, as doing so means you may not have lasting funds to cover operational costs. Too many promis... (more available)

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Posted by Valerie Pang on 2015-08-21

Women’s Health App Kindara Raises $5.3M In Seed Funding Round

Kindara, a New York Founder Institute graduate, focused on women’s health recently raised $5.3 million in a seed funding round. This round was led by Boston Seed Capital, SOS Ventures, Good Works Ventures, PV Ventures, MENA Venture Investments and 62 Mile Ventures.  Since its launch in 2012, Kindara has hel... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-08-20

The Importance of Testing Your Product Before Launch - Insights from Jason Calacanis

The Founder Institute hosts webinars every month so that we can help entrepreneurs on any stage succeed. These webinars discuss a wide range of topics, bestowing global entrepreneurs with invaluable resources. For more videos on the "Startup Movers, Builders, & Shakers" series visit our FITV YouTube Channel. Recently, we w... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-19

Great Startups Can Be Built Anywhere: A Look at Regional Entrepreneurial Strengths

At the Founder Institute, we believe that great startups can be built anywhere... Who says that Silicon Valley is the best place to found a startup? According to the Founder Institute’s “Entrepreneur DNA" test, there are talented founders everywhere, and you don’t have to move to Silicon Valley to launch a sta... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-19

How Alan Colmenares Became a Startup Ecosystem Leader in Latin America

Alan Colmenares, the Director of the Bogota and Medellin Founder Institute, has been crucial in helping the Founder Institute launch chapters in not only Colombia, but throughout all of Latin America. Since launching in the first Latin American chapter in 2011, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 75... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-08-19

How to Create a Startup Community Epicenter

People often surround themselves with those who share their similar interests and goals. Unfortunately, building a network of fellow entrepreneurs is not always simple. For other founders around the world, location can become a large barrier. In TheNextWeb article, “How a Community is Born: The Rise of Polish Startups&rdqu... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-18

The Vast Potential for Startups in Latin America

Our 150+ Directors are the backbone of the Founder Institute - providing the passion, dedication, and support that has helped launch over 1000 businesses across the globe. Alan Colmenares, the Director of the Bogota Founder Institute, has been crucial in helping the Founder Institute launch chapters in not only Colomb... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-17

Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Officially Launches Startup Program in Lagos, Nigeria

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching its first chapter in Nigeria - in the city of Lagos. The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch earlier than scheduled, after a successful trial period this su... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-08-17

The Significance of Timing, Story, Generosity and Personality when Building an Industry

Gabe Zichermann is the leading expert on gamification – using the power of games to engage customers and build strong loyal communities. He has written four books on the subject of Gamification, his most recent book being Gamification by Design 2. Zichermann is also the founder of Gamification.co the l... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-14

Are You Ready to Become an Entrepreneur? Take Your First Step Here.

Are you thinking about leaving your job to start your own company? Don’t dive into the world of entrepreneurship just yet, as you should assess your goals and extensively test your startup idea in the real world before quitting your job. If you think you are ready to start up, follow the guideline below to begin your jour... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-08-13

4 Tips on How to Secure a Lead Investor Internationally

During our most recent #FIChat Q&A, Carter Laren, Silicon Valley Angel Investor, answered numerous questions about “How to Secure a Lead Investor.” We know that raising money is hard – and raising money outside the plethora of angels and venture capital firms in Silicon Valley is even harder. But with... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-08-12

How to Get Your Product to Tell Your Story - Insights from Jason Calacanis

The Founder Institute hosts webinars every month so that we can help entrepreneurs on any stage succeed. These webinars discuss a wide range of topics, bestowing global entrepreneurs with invaluable resources. For more videos on the "Startup Movers, Builders, & Shakers" series visit our FITV YouTube Channel. Recently, we w... (more available)

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